Our team can offer the widest range of planning services to both public and private sector clients. DLA’s planning services consistently provide results and include planning strategies; strategic planning; outline, detail and reserved matters planning applications; site promotion and advocacy; environmental statements; planning for employment; consultation strategies and stakeholder engagement.

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Planning strategies

Applying expert and innovative thinking

Clients approach DLA knowing that we will apply expert and innovative thinking to generate effective planning strategies. We build confidence using new approaches to solve complex planning challenges, working in close collaboration with planning lawyers and trusted technical experts.

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Strategic planning

Planning for "larger than local" need

Planning for the ‘larger than local’ scale remains a core strength of DLA and our long list of built projects that emerge from strategic plans is testament to our expertise in this area of planning.

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Outline, detail and reserved matters planning applications

At the core of our business, we achieve positive results as every scale

We consistently achieve positive outcomes for applications at each stage of the planning process, and at every scale. We produce high quality documents and plans for submissions. We negotiate Section 106 agreements and planning conditions.

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Site promotion and advocacy

Securing allocations and providing expert witness services

Securing development allocation for sites on behalf of our clients is a key feature of our work. We are skilled expert witnesses, promoting sites at Inquiry and defending proposals at appeal.

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Environmental statements

ESs fit for purpose through management, co-ordination, preparation & editing

We are effective managers, co-ordinators and editors of environmental statements, ensuring they are of a high standard and fit for purpose. We prepare socio-economic content. We are certified by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment as expert assessors.

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Planning for employment

Strategies and applications for large and small employment schemes

Planning for employment is integral to our business, be it through large-scale developments to ensure the balanced delivery of homes and jobs, or through dedicated planning for specialist employment uses.

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Consultation strategies and stakeholder engagement

Communicating, consulting and consensus building

We work with developers and local authorities to ensure development proposals are effectively communicated and consulted upon. We employ innovative in-house techniques to generate ideas and build consensus around tailored solutions to development.

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